Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jan. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,955,39640%2,55720$765$66,473,8362Paramount
2Frozen (2013)$1,901,41410%3,318-17$573$300,321,7537Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,568,25221%3,730-198$420$231,928,9064Warner Bros. / New Line
4American Hustle$1,494,16044%2,51811$593$90,458,3814Sony / Columbia
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,145,35624%3,407-100$336$110,780,0683Paramount
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,134,2153%2,867--$396$20,578,3671Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,89946%2,1100$488$60,690,8674Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$888,69628%2,92213$304$47,052,8522Fox
947 Ronin$685,95027%2,6901$255$33,911,6452Universal
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$669,24919%2,143-172$312$408,372,7757Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$524,08124%2,85618$184$25,781,7142Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$300,267-3%2,560-683$117$31,953,0153Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$155,7842%1,474-314$106$50,536,3534Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$124,01732%1,01035$123$7,279,8406Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$52,816-9%1,0370$51$6,073,8382Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$238,38466%607-120$393$19,968,3277Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$140,89535%156-5$903$7,136,3335CBS Films
3Nebraska$80,38649%240-10$335$7,137,5578Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,91627%329-152$203$19,211,6299Fox
5Thor: The Dark World$49,56913%291-28$170$203,542,5799Disney
6Gravity$47,03614%165-10$285$255,709,91014Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$41,14125%151-3$272$38,546,14012Fox Searchlight
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,226-2%278-25$134$117,689,25815Sony / Columbia
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,85148%1284$288$16,362,67610Focus
10Dhoom 3$32,926118%138-82$239$7,894,9123Yash Raj Films
11Last Vegas$27,41619%25736$107$63,162,81210CBS Films
12Ender's Game$21,3849%242-7$88$61,697,78810Lionsgate / Summit
13Free Birds$19,412-12%25310$77$54,936,11010Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$18,0528%220-37$82$101,660,14211Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,56332%13399$87$116,313,99421Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$11,11319%1459$77$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$8,4508%13010$65$70,508,9358Universal
18Despicable Me 2$7,5750%151-14$50$367,971,86527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$102,60517%470$2,183$3,177,8333Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$14,3692%50$2,874$510,1392Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$7,533-18%20$3,767$343,3702Universal
4All Is Lost$5,394-9%714$76$6,058,52712Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$5,07614%84-23$60$25,073,10312Lionsgate / Summit
6Out of the Furnace$3,0519%59-43$52$11,193,3965Relativity Media
7Enough Said$2,409-46%23-4$105$17,504,52816Fox Searchlight
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,656-1%39-14$42$68,521,53522Fox
9Don Jon$784-23%21-10$37$24,476,99115Relativity Media
10Black Nativity$38852%15-9$26$7,012,9586Fox Searchlight
11The Family (2013)$28329%19-10$15$36,918,23217Relativity Media